Would someone please explain the etymology behind this verb? I'm aware of the etymological fallacy, but still want to dredge below and ask not about its definition.
Down below on that webpage, it's written under 'Origin':
late Middle English (in the sense 'to outlaw'): from Latin proscribere, from pro- 'in front of' + scribere 'write'.
Yet how does 'in front of' + 'write' = "to outlaw" and thus the current meaning?
Supplementary: I reference http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?term=proscribe&allowed_in_frame=0. Yet I still don't intuit the current meaning? The original meaning is given as "publish in writing", but I don't understand how that came to mean what it means.